Ministry of Health and Population increases specialized services for autism spectrum disorder in Egypt

Written by Walid Abdel Salam

Monday, May 15, 2023 12:17 PM

The Ministry of Health and Population announced that it received 8,000 visits to the 14 clinics for children and adolescents in the hospitals and centers of the General Secretariat for Mental Health and Treatment. addictionduring the first quarter of this year.

Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, stated that the ministry seeks to include centers of excellence for the treatment of autism spectrum within its plan, as it is scheduled to establish 20 centers in the governorates of the republic within 5 years, pointing to organizing trainings for service providers on detecting and treating autism spectrum. autism.

For her part, Dr. Menen Abdel Maqsoud, Secretary General of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment, confirmed that the General Secretariat for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment seeks to increase specialized services in clinics and specialized day care centers, as the units of the General Secretariat received in 2022 more than 2,000 visits from people with spectrum disorders. Those with autism who receive treatment in hospitals and day care centers of the General Secretariat for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment.

She indicated that the General Secretariat for Mental Health aims to include the “Check on your son” icon on the national platform for mental health.

In order for parents to be able to conduct questionnaires to follow up the psychological and social development of the child, as well as the possibility of developing autism spectrum disorder, which helps in early detection and intervention; To improve the condition and integrate it into society.

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The Secretary General of Mental Health said that the primary health care initiative for autism spectrum aims this year to raise awareness among medical service providers in primary care units and centers, as they are trained in the early detection of autism spectrum disorder in the governorates (Damietta, Fayoum, Qalyubia, Menoufia, Cairo, Kafr El-Sheikh, Dakahlia, Beni Suef and Al-Wadi). New and Red Sea).

2023-05-15 09:17:00

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